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Rosalind Green is living at a hotel on Southwest Archer Road on the Federal Emergency Management Agency dime through disaster aid from Hurricane Irma.Green, whose home in Fairbanks in the northeastern part of Alachua County was damaged from flooding after Irma passed through the county Sept. 11, was one of approximately 20 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Monday at the Senior Recreation Center hosted by Alachua County and city of Gainesville officials to hear from residents about what they think can be done better in preparation and dealing with the next severe weather event.Green, 55, told officials how she has been living in the hotel, but will have to leave her room Thursday because all the rooms at the hotel were reserved months ago for the University of Florida homecoming weekend.has extended my stay at the hotel, but the hotel says I have to leave Thursday if nobody cancels their reservations, said Green, an administrative professional in the UF Department of Radiology.Green was directed by officials to go to a room set up with FEMA officials to see what could be done to help her. After meeting with FEMA officials, Green said the only alternative presented to her was going out of the county to get a hotel room that would also be paid by FEMA through Saturday.recovering from a heart attack, and I can be doing a lot of driving, Green said.Officials listened to stories about flooding that damaged homes, questions about debris collection and stormwater and sewage concerns.was appalled to see that the city of Gainesville had sewage running in the streets, said Tamara Robbins, of Alachua.Robbins suggested that officials host town hall meetings in the future prior to hurricane season to inform the public about preparation and recovery plans and to get input about those plans.The meeting began with Ken Cornell, chairman of the County Commission, telling the audience of more than 100 residents, government and law enforcement officials that the concerns and thoughts of residents were the primary reason the meeting was held.goal here tonight is to hear from you about how we can do better, Cornell said.Todd Hoose, an external affairs official with FEMA, was on hand with FEMA experts who deal with individual disaster assistance, litigation, National Flood Insurance Program and Small Business Administration loans.Hoose said FEMA officials main goal is to help people in any way they can with the programs offered by the agency. Hoose emphasized the importance of people and organizations who have been directed to complete paper work with the SBA to do so to avoid their applications for assistance being held up.Numerous stories were shared about flooding issues that resulted from Irma, with property owners saying the flooding should not have come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with the area.It is definitely time to implement the Alachua County Stormwater Master Plan developed in 2010, said Debbie Menoher, a resident in the Meadowbrook neighborhood off Northwest 98th Street.Flooding in Meadowbrook is common, and Menoher said she and other residents in the area urge the county to begin implementing the master plan.are tired of the flooding, she said.The county has done a poor job of managing drainage issues associated with roads, said Russ Dyson, of Fairbanks. He said the flooding issues in Fairbanks and other parts of the county have been ongoing and are caused by the county not properly maintaining stormwater drainage systems.He said he would give the county roads department an “F” grade for how they maintain their drainage systems. He said the problem is so severe in Fairbanks that a fatality is bound to happen as a result of the problem.is going to get killed on a road, Dyson said. promise you. said the concerns and thoughts shared by residents at the meeting will be addressed.have a number of legacy issues related to flooding in the county that we need to address, and now is the time to do that, Cornell said.
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FILE In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, file photo, actor Samuel L. Jackson has some fun before the NFL football NFC championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. With the Falcons on the verge of their first ever NFL championship, many celebrities based in the city are showing their hometown team major support. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Ludacris have been spotted cheering from the sidelines at home games along with showing appreciation through social media with the team slogan riseup. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File_

FILE In this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, file photo, hip hop artist Ludacris performs at halftime during an NFL football divisional playoff football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks in Atlanta. With the Falcons on the verge of their first ever NFL championship, several Atlanta based celebrities are showing major support for their hometown team by appearing at games and showing appreciation through social media attaching the team slogan riseup to their posts. The Falcons play the Tom Brady led New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday evening. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

The Falcons have been known for having fickle fans who abandon the team when it struggles, but this season, the sidelines have been overflowing with rappers, actors and athletes from other sports . says he’s no bandwagon jumper. The lifelong Falcons fan says he remembers when Deion Sanders high stepped into end zones, Michael Vick dashed by defenders and the “Dirty Birds” danced to the Super Bowl in 1999.

Those were some of the most memorable moments in Falcons history, but there were many more forgettable years. remained faithful. said. “We’ve had our highs and lows. But this team is different. We are rooting for them.”

Usher, Future, Jeezy and Bow Wow have been spotted cheering from the sidelines during Falcons home games this season . Rapper Gucci Mane was shown giving fans high fives from at a playoff game in the Georgia Dome.

Ludacris performed at halftime in the Falcons’ NFC divisional round win against the Seattle Seahawks then returned the following week to deliver another show in the team’s final home game at the Georgia Dome in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. The rapper recently narrated a short video clipped called “A City Waits” in honor of the Falcons .

Some might think celebrities are jumping on Falcons’ bandwagon. But star receiver Julio Jones says that’s not case.

“The Atlanta celebrities, all the artists in Atlanta,
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they’ve definitely been behind us throughout the years, even when we weren’t to this point,” Jones said. “I have a relationship with a lot of those guys. They’ve always supported us. It hasn’t changed. But they’re out here now. They’re talking about it in their music, in interviews, everything.”

One of the most notable Falcons supporters is actor Samuel L. Jackson, who created a commercial in 2014 for the team. He recently appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about his Super Bowl bound squad and discussed how he tried to forewarn his team about an Aaron Rodgers trick play in warmups before the NFC Championship game.

“I tweeted it out to make sure, you know, somebody from the Falcons discovered the play,” Jackson said. The actor is originally from Tennessee, but became a Falcons fan years ago. Jackson worked concessions at games when he attended Morehouse College.

“Samuel L is probably my only competition as a Falcons fan,” said The Dream, a Grammy winning singer producer whose basement is filled with Falcons paraphernalia from flags, jerseys and a helmet from Sanders.

“I think all of us compete for who is the biggest Atlanta fan,” he continued. “The most non celebrated fan of the Falcons would be me. We walk around these streets and across the world telling them about Atlanta. All of us have this sense of pride, because we grew up here.”

The Dream gave props to quarterback Matt Ryan and Jones for leading the Falcons to the franchise’s second Super Bowl appearance, but credits owner Arthur Blank for changing the Falcons culture when the billionaire purchased the team in 2002. The Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos 34 19 in Super Bowl 33.

“I think our success before was kind of luck,” he said. “There was no plan, a plan for change. But Arthur was that change. He brought a culture of winning. firmly believes the underdog Falcons can claim the Vince Lombardi Trophy with a win over the Patriots.

“We open every season thinking it’s our year,” he said. “Matt Ryan is having an MVP caliber season, Julio is at the top of his game and the defense has been playing well. We’ve been clicking on all cylinders. This is our year.”

But if the Falcons pull off the upset, The Dream may celebrate in unique fashion.

“I’m going streaking,” he said with a chuckle. “I’m going straight downtown. I’m going to send a tweet out telling them what we’re about to do. Hopefully,
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Trump won’t ban partying by the time the Falcons win the Super Bowl.”